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310LSpring2008StudyingTheFederalBureaucracy

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Studying the Federal Bureaucracy
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Key textbook themes [with my additions in italics] A comparative view Hostile political culture Incoherent organization “a network of bureaucracies” Divided control Each branch has its own bureaucracy Transformation of the bureaucracy: a brief administrative history of the U.S. Ballooning—agencies get bigger Thickening—more levels of administrators Widening—more agencies How the Executive Branch is organized
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Key features of bureaucracy Continuous conduct of business Hierarchical organization Task specialization Law-based and rule-based authority Business via written documents Differences between public and private bureaucracies Goals: imposed vs. chosen Spending requirements: who decides how money’s spent what happens to savings?
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Key themes [continued] What do bureaucrats do, acc. to the textbook?
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